MEDFORD - In what has become a unique tradition at Tufts University, six members of the Jumbo baseball team were graduated at an early Commencement ceremony on Wednesday morning.
These Jumbos graduated early due to the potential that they will miss the regular Commencement exercises on Sunday. Head coach John Casey's team is playing in the NCAA Championship Regional in Cortland, New York this weekend (May 17-19).
Tufts University President Anthony P. Monaco presided over the ceremony which took place in the Coolidge Room at Ballou Hall on the Tufts campus. Tufts Trustee John de Jong was also in attendance, along with the graduates' teammates, friends and family. The seniors were dressed in their caps and gowns.
In 2009 when the Tufts softball team was going to miss Commencement while playing at the NCAA Finals in New Jersey, a special ceremony was held for the team's seniors. In the years since, the seniors on each team who would miss Commencement due to away games have been accommodated with this special ceremony.
Tufts Baseball begins NCAA Regional action on Friday against Penn State Harrisburg with a 1:30 pm start at Cortland.